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Empire State [Blu-ray] (2013)

Liam Hemsworth , Emma Roberts , Dito Montiel  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Liam Hemsworth, Emma Roberts, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Angarano, Chris Diamantopoulos
  • Directors: Dito Montiel
  • Writers: Adam Mazer
  • Producers: Randall Emmett, George Furla, Stepan Martirosyan, Mark Stewart, Sandy Kyrkostas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DI0135U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,972 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth), settles for a security guard job with the EMPIRE STATE Armored Truck Company. Chris makes the mistake of mentioning the company's lax security to his best friend, Eddie (Michael Angarano), and is soon unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the abundant amounts of cash being stored there - resulting in the largest cash heist in U.S. History. As the stakes continue to rise, Chris and Eddie must outwit James Ransone (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), the veteran NYPD Detective that is hot on their trail, as well as the local crime bosses that want to know who pulled a job on their turf, or suffer the consequences.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHERE'S THE MONEY? August 31, 2013
Format:DVD
Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth) is a young man living in NYC in the late 70's. He manages to get a job as a security guard which involves large amounts of money, little security, and over whelming temptation. He lives in a neighborhood of Greeks, along with his loud mouth, foul mouth friend Eddie (Michael Angarano). He is the classic idiot side kick who messes everything up.

Eddie has big dreams for the money that Chris guards and desires to be a big shot, even though no one can stand him. Dwayne Johnson plays the investigating officer and comes in about half way through. His name as well as Emma Roberts are over billed for their roles. The film is based on an actual robbery, and like real crime, it is more akin to "dumb crook news" than a master criminal.

The film makes for an entertaining action drama.

Parental Guidance: Plenty of F-bombs. No sex or nudity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
"Where is Chris and where is the money?" Chris (Hemsworth) failed to get into the police academy and ends up taking a job with an armored truck company. After telling his friend about the amount of money he is in charge of guarding his friend comes up with a plan to rob the place he works. Things don't go as smooth as planned and now they have to try and stay one step ahead of the local mob and detective James Ransone (Johnson) or wind up in jail or worse. Going in I was expecting a heist movie and I am usually a big fan of that genre. For a movie with a cast like this I was really expecting a lot more. I'm not talking about the acting because The Rock and Baby Thor aren't the best around but at least they make action movies entertaining. Thats's where the disappointment sets in. This is just about the least exciting heist movie I have seen. The only thing that really saves it and makes it worth watching is the fact that this is a true story. Hard core fans of The Rock will most likely like this more then me though but be warned that he is a secondary character and Hemsworth really carries the movie. Overall, don't go in expecting a full out action heist movie like I did or you too will be disappointed. I give it a B-.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good acting, boring plot in 'Empire State' September 6, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Liam Hemsworth is simply not proving to be the "main event" attraction that film studios are hoping he'd be - at least nowhere the near the heavyweight caliber of his older A-list brother, Chris Hemsworth. The youngest of the Hemsworth brothers has only been in Hollywood for a few short years, but he is struggling to carry films on his own - and might just be overexposing himself. He's had notable roles in The Last Song (with his fiancée Miley Cyrus), The Hunger Games, and The Expendables 2. However, like his role in The Expendables 2, he has proved to be just that - expendable. Since his role in the Stallone-powered action flick, Hemsworth has trickled out two less than entertaining flicks, Love and Honor and Paranoia. Clearly, Liam Hemsworth is best utilized when he's surrounded by top-name actors, like Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Harrison Ford - but does the presence of Dwayne Johnson help his newest attempt at a lead actor in the straight-to-video film, Empire State?

Directed by Dito Montiel (The Son of No One), Empire State stars Liam Hemsworth as Chris Potamis, an armored car security guard that helps plot the biggest heist in United States history (when it originally occurred in 1982). Chris applies to be a police officer, but is rejected due to having a prior record, forcing him to seek employment with an armored car company. There, he discovers the company heads don't have an exact count on the millions of dollars in storage, and that they also leave it guarded by minimal security. Chris, and his friend Eddie (Michael Angarano), decide to make a play for the cash. At the same time, a detective, James Ransome (Dwayne Johnson) has been watching Chris, trying to figure out his intentions towards his place of employment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland and Insipid March 29, 2014
Format:DVD
First things first. Dwayne Johnson’s role in this crime thriller is not as big as the DVD jacket suggests. Ten minutes or maybe more. Also, Emma Roberts appears only in a few scenes and her part is little better than a cameo. I think it’s about five minutes.

Set in 1982 New York City, “Empire State” is a crime drama based on a true story about Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth), a newly-employed security guard for an armored truck company. Chris gets involved with a cash heist when he unwisely tells his childhood friend Eddie (Michael Angarano) about the company’s ineffective security system.

Frankly, I don’t know why this story had to be made into a film. The heist itself is not very unique. The description of the Greek American community the hero’s family belongs to is perfunctory. “Empire State” struggles to be both a thriller and a drama, but either way the film fails to interest us, except several scenes that elicit the feel of run-down 1980s New York City.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Based on a true story August 30, 2014
Format:DVD
This movie was based on actual happenings in Bronx, NY in 1982. An armored car company was robbed of supposedly close to $20 million and over half of it was never recovered.

If you are watching the movie to see Dwayne Johnson "The Rock," you will probably be disappointed since he is a secondary character in the movie. The main actors play the robbers - Liam Hemsworth and Michael Angarano.

They do a good job in the movie except I felt like strangling Angarano (he was that annoying).
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